Showing Off the Accordion’s Hip Side

Gui­tar play­ers have Eric Clap­ton and Jimi Hen­drix as avatars; accor­dion­ists are stuck, at least in the pub­lic mind, with Lawrence Welk and Frankie Yankovic. Pianists have the works of Bach, Chopin and Scri­abin to chal­lenge them; accor­dion play­ers are sad­dled with requests for “Lady of Spain” and the monot­o­nous oom­pah oom­pah of the polka.”

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